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The Getty Alchemy Collection

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The Getty Alchemy Collection includes books from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries dealing with the art and science of alchemy. Its core is formed by the Manly Palmer Hall collection, acquired in 1995 from the estate of the Los Angeles theosophist, who founded the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz. Originally acquired for its contribution to the history of visual symbolism, alchemy is now also recognized as the key to the history of materiality in the arts.

In addition to their influential allegorical and fantastic imagery, Alchemical texts record recipes and techniques for applications across the visual arts, including pigments, dyes, metal-alloys, and effects in glass, as well as the acidic washes of etching and lithography. Alchemy, called “the great art” in Medieval Europe, also speaks to essential ideas about human creativity and the relationship between Art and Nature which have infused the history of art from antiquity to the present day.


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Brief extracts in Latin from writers on alchemy, with commentary in German. Based on Reusner's Pandora of 1582. See Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
Library's copy lacks final blank leaf present in other copies
Topics: Alchemy, Canons, fugues, etc. (Voices), Part songs, Latin, Emblems, Alchemy, Canons, fugues, etc....
Imprint from colophon
Topics: Materia medica, Alchemy, Medicine
Published anonymously. Author's name appears in later ed., published: London : W. Tait, 1918
Topics: Alchemy, Occultism
The initials E. K., which appear throughout the text, stand for Edward Kelly, Dee's associate
Topics: Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, 1552-1612, Stefan Batory, King of Poland, 1533-1586, Spiritualism,...
Binding: vellum; armorial bookplate of the princes of Liechtenstein (Ex Libris Liechtensteinianis) on front pastedown
Topic: Alchemy
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by Fludd, Robert, 1574-1637; Bry, Johann Theodor de, 1561-1623?; Merian, Matthaeus, 1593-1650
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Only the 1st Tractatus of t. 1 has general title. The other parts have individual t.p.'s: Tractatus secundus, De natvrae simia seu technica macrocosmi historia. Oppenheimio : Aere Iohan-Theodori de Bry : Typis Hieronymi Galleri, 1618; Tomvs secvndvs De svpernatvrali, naturali, praeternaturali et contranaturali microcosmi historia, in tractatus tres distributa. Oppenhemij : Impensis Iohannis Theodori de Bry : Typis Hieronymi Galleri, 1619; Tomi secvndi, tractatus primi, sectio secunda, De...
Topics: Cosmology, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music theory, Drawing, Military art and science, Astrology,...
Imprint varies. Vol. 2: London : Printed for Henry Brome, 1663. Vol. 3: London : Printed by J.C. for R. Broom, at the signe of the Gun in Ivy-Lane, 1663
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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Topics: Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
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by Salmon, William, 1644-1713; Fabre, Pierre-Jean, d. ca. 1650; A. and J. Churchill (Booksellers : London, England); Nicholson, John, d. ca. 1717
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Pages 225-300 lacking in pagination
Topics: Art, Portrait painting, Medicine, Palmistry, Alchemy
Pagination, Book I: [128] (the 1st blank), 19 [i.e. 37], [1] (blank) p. Book II: [16] (the last blank), 169, [1] (blank) p. Book III: [8] (the last blank), 226 [i.e. 254] p. Book IV: [6], 83, [1] (blank) p. Book V: [6], 145, [1] (blank) p. Book VI: [10] (the last blank), 55, [31] p. (last leaf blank)
Topics: Medicine, Rosicrucians
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by Salmon, William, 1644-1713; Hermes, Trismegistus. De lapidis philosophici secreto. English; Jabir ibn Hayyan. Summa perfectionis. English; Artephius. Liber secretus artis occultae. English; Flamel, Nicolas, d. 1418. Figures hierogliphiques. English; Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294. Radix mundi. English; Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294. Speculum alchemiae. English; Ripley, George, d. 1490? Medulla alchimiae. English; Khalid ibn Yazid al-Umawi, 7th cent. Secreta alchymiae. English
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First section of Book 1 contains receipts and advice on treating diseases. The remainder of the work consists of translated alchemical treatises. See Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine
First published by Luca Jennis (Frankfort, 1625); cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
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Section 2 has special t.p
Topics: Biblical cosmology, Cosmology, Occultism
Colophon: Getruckt zu Franckfurt am Mayn bey Niclas Hoffman, in Verlegung der Paltheniorum in Franckfurt, 1603
Topic: Alchemy
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by Ashmole, Elias, 1617-1692; Cross, Thomas, fl. 1632-1682; Vaughan, Robert, 17th cent; Goddard, John, fl. 1645-1671
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No more published
Topic: Alchemy
The authorship was attributed to Barrett as early as 1824, but is not certain. Cf. Hogart
Topics: Alchemists, Alchemy, Alchemy
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by Thurneisser zum Thurn, Leonhard, 1530?-1596; Hille, Peter, d. 1574; Stürmer, Wolfgang, fl. 1543-1593; Poll, Absolon, 16th cent
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First German edition. First Latin ed. published by Hentzske the same year. Cf. Nissen
Topics: Medicinal plants, Botany, Medical, Materia medica, Vegetable, Umbelliferae
By Arthur Dee. Published in Latin at Basle, 1629. Translated into English by Elias Ashmole under the anagram of James Hasolle. See Hogart
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Topic: Alchemy
In three parts
Topics: Chemistry, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Materia medica
Vols. 1-2 paged continuously
Topics: Heydon, John, b. 1629, Rosicrucians, Occultism, Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
"Although the second part of this work had been printed in 1719 and again in 1729, the first edition was first published in 1735 by J. Phil. Helwig of Homburg vor der Höhe. This is a reprint of that first edition"--Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Magic, Cabala, Theology
Frontispiece is engraved port. of author, signed in the plate: T. Cross Sculpsit. Also, woodcut diagrams, including author's horoscope at p. 98
Topics: Occultism, Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
In 5 parts and 4 addition sections, each with special t.p
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine
Apart from those by Basil Valentine, the texts are German versions of Latin texts published in Musaeum hermeticum (1625); cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
"Philosophical and chymical experiments of the famous philosopher Raymund Lully", p. [97]-166, has individual title page with imprint: London : Printed by James Cottrel, 1657
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry, Medicine
Library's copy rebound; spine title: Alchemy and the alchemists
Topics: Alchemy, Alchemists
Actual publication date 1651; see BM, ESTC
Topic: Alchemy
Translator's preface signed: G.C
Topics: Llull, Ramon, 1232?-1316, Alchemy
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by Khunrath, Heinrich, 1560-1605; Vries, H. F; Diricks van Campen, Jan, 17th cent; Doort, Peter van der, fl. 1590-1602
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Pref. signed: Erasmus Wolfart
Topics: Occultism, Cabala, Alchemy
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by Merian, Matthaeus, 1593-1650, engraver; Grossschedel von Aicha, Johann Baptist, author; Brahe, Tycho, 1546-1601, printer
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Three sheets joined on linen mount
Topics: Alchemy, Zodiac, Magic
Each treatise has special t.p. All are dated 1683 except the last, The tomb of Semiramis, which is dated 1684 like the main t.p. The first treatise also has an added t.p. in Latin, and text in English and Latin on opposite pages
Topic: Alchemy
Pref., dedication, and author's statement on p. 107 bear dates in Jan., 1564, the year of the 1st ed. 3rd ed. appeared in 1591. See Hogart
Topics: Alchemy, Cabala, Magic
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by Cooper, William, fl. 1668-1688; Helvetius, Johann Friedrich, d. 1709. Vitulus aureus, quem mundus adorat & orat. English; Glauber, Johann Rudolf, 1604-1670. Novum lumen chimicum. English
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In contrast to the 1673 ed., the present ed. includes a 2nd and 3rd pt. to the Catalogue of chymical books, together with an errata list for the 1st pt. (p. [14], last sequence of pagination) and a general t.p. for all 3 pts. The imprint on this general t.p. reads: Collected by Will. Cooper, Bookseller ... London, Printed in the year 1675. See BM
Topics: Alchemy, Alchemy, Chemistry
Final page blank
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry
At head of title: D.O.M.A
Topics: Alchemy, Materia medica
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Includes 4 engraved plates depicting alchemical apparatus
Topics: Antimony, Antimony, Alchemy
Published in 1614 at Oppenheim and also at London (T. Creede). Reissued in 1625 at London with cancel letterpress t.p., title: De hieroglyphicis aegyptiorvm libri sex (Prostat apud Societatem Londinensem). See Yale Alchemy, 84
Topic: Alchemy
Signatures: A B-L
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Topics: Magic, Occultism
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by Jabir ibn Hayyan; Bacon, Roger, 1214?-1294. Speculum alchemiae; Hermes, Trismegistus. Tabul smaragdina; Hortulanus. Commentarius in Tabulam Smaragdinam Hermetis Trismegisti; Khalid ibn Yazid al-Umawi, 7th cent. Liber secretorum alchemiae; Polydorus, Chrysogonus; Richardus, Anglicus, d. 1252. Correctorium alchemiae
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Edited by Chrysogonus Polydorus
Topic: Alchemy
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by Vaughan, Thomas, 1622-1666
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Eugenius Philalethes is Thomas Vaughan's pseudonym
Topics: Alchemy, Rosicrucians, Magic, Occultism
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by Ashmole, Elias, 1617-1692; Everard, John, 1575?-1650?
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Marginal notes by John Everard; see p. [5]
Topic: Alchemy
Signatures: pi² )(² *² A-2Z² a²
Topics: Alchemy, Dictionaries, Polyglot, Alchemy, Alphabets
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by Sedziwój, Micha, ca. 1556-ca. 1646; Paracelsus, 1493-1541. De natura rerum; Dorn, Gerhard, 16th cent. Dictionarium Paracelsi; French, John, 1616-1657
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Based on the 1650 ed
Topics: Alchemy, Sulfur
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by Rosencreutz, Christian; Foxcroft, E
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Die chymische Hochzeit first appeared in 1616; see Hogart
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Topic: Rosicrucians
Engraved allegorical frontispiece signed in the plate: W.F. [i.e. William Faithorne]
Topic: Alchemy
By E.F. Villain; see Hogart
Topics: Flamel, Nicolas, d. 1418, Flamel, Pernelle, Alchemists, Alchemy
The present publication represents part of a work not published in full until 1735. Cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Alchemy, Magic, Cabala, Theology
The 1st publication of this work. Cf. Hogart
Topics: Biblical cosmology, Cosmology, Occultism
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by Rosencreutz, Christian
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Colophon, p. 143: Strassburg : Bey Conrad Scher, Im Jahr 1616
Topics: Rosicrucians, Utopias, Utopias, Alchemy
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by Sedziwój, Micha, ca. 1556-ca. 1646; Paracelsus, 1493-1541. De natura rerum; Dorn, Gerhard, 16th cent. Dictionarium Paracelsi; French, John, 1616-1657
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First published Prague, 1604. This English translation by John French is the first of any work by Sedziwój
Topics: Alchemy, Sulfur, Chemistry
Hebrew at head of title
Topics: Rosicrucians, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric, Occultism
Two related issues appeared in the same year, both printed by Günther in Leipzig. The first has publisher statement: Auff Kosten des Autoris, bey Johann Bielcke, Buchführern in Jena. The imprint of the second is Amsterdam & Danzig, with the author and Bielcke as publishers
Topics: Glass manufacture, Precious stones, Artificial, Precious stones
Title on leaf [10] recto. Leaf [1] recto has title for introd.: Introductorium magne artis generalis reuerendissumi doctoris illuminati magistri Raymundi Lullij ad omnes scientias vtilissimum
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Topics: Philosophy, Medieval, Theology, Numerology
The compilation Aureum vellus, including works by Trimosin and others, was first published in 1598 (Tractatus I-III) and 1604 (Tractatus IV-V); cf. Sudhoff. The present work is a reissue of a 1602 French translation (with additions by the translator) of the 1st part of Tractatus III, entitled Splendor solis; cf. Hogart. Some copies, otherwise identical, have the date 1613; cf. Brunet, NUC
Topic: Alchemy
T.p. in red and black
Topic: Alchemy
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by Bernard, of Trevisan; Tancke, Joachim, 1557-1609; Horn, Caspar, 1583-1653; Beyer, Albertus; Alanus, de Insulis, d. 1202
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Engraved frontispiece has 4 allegorical images
Topic: Alchemy
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by Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624; Gichtel, Johann Georg, 1638-1710; Walther, Balthasar, 1586-1640
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Each pt. has special t.p., as do the 8 Büchlein comprising pt. IX
Topics: Mysticism, Theology
The French translation of The ancient war of the knights, as well as the authorship of A dialogue between Eudoxus and Pyrophilus and of A letter to the true disciples of Hermes, are attributed to Saint-Didier; see Hogart, BM. All three are here translated into English from Le triomphe hermétique (Amsterdam : H. Wetstein, 1689 and 1699). Uralter Ritter-Krieg, the German original of the Ancient war of the knights, appeared at Leipzig, 1604
Topics: Uralter Ritter-Krieg, Alchemy
Library's copy inscribed in brown ink on t.p.: Walter Granger
Topics: Christian life, Mysticism
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by Barchusen, Johann Conrad, 1666-1723; Barchusen, Johann Conrad, 1666-1723. Pyrosophia
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Previously published: Joannis Conradi Barchusen Pyrosophia ... Lugduni Batavorum : Impensis Cornelii Boutestein, 1698
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry, Materia medica
Tomus 1 of Medicina catholica published: Francofurti : Typis Caspari Rötelii : Impensis Wilhelmi Fitzeri, 1629
Topics: Harvey, William, 1578-1657, Fludd, Robert, 1574-1637, Medicine, Diseases, Pulse
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Translator's dedication, p. [3], signed: Edvvard Stephens
Topics: Alchemy, Fire, Salt
The t.p. may imply that the author, otherwise anonymous, is represented by the coat of arms in plate 1. However, the dedication to Johann Remmelin (1583-1632) is signed "Stephan Michelspacher aus Tiroll," and the Brit. Mus. catalog has Michelspacher as author
Topic: Alchemy
Pretiosa margarita novella, the main treatise in this collection, is most often ascribed to Pietro Antonio Boni. See Hogart
Topic: Alchemy
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by Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654; Buna, C., 17th cent
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422 letters on various topics from the period 1643-1649 between Andreä, and Rudolf August, Anton Ulrich, and Ferdinand Albrecht, Dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg, as well as some others
Topics: Andreä, Johann Valentin, 1586-1654, Rudolf August, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, 1627-1704,...
Includes works by Trismosin, Paracelsus, Korndorffer and numerous other authors, gathered into 5 Tractatus. Those after the 1st have separate t.p.'s
Topics: Paracelsus, 1493-1541, Alchemy, Chemistry
Attributed to Christian Rosencreutz (i.e. Johann Valentin Andreä); cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Rosicrucians, Occultism
Each pt. has special t.p
Topics: Mysticism, Theology, Christian life
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by Basilius Valentinus; Basilius Valentinus. Aureliae occultae philosophorum partes duae; Nuisement, Clovis Hesteau, sieur de. Poeme philosophic sur l'azoth des philosophes; Gobille, Jean, fl. 1659-1690
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A resetting of the 1st French ed. of 1624. Basil Valentine's Douze clefs apparently first appeared as Practica cum XII clavibus in Michael Maier's Tripus aureus (Frankfurt, 1618). His Azoth first appeared as Aureliae occultae philosophorum partes duae in Caillet's Theatrum chemicum, 1613. Cf. Yale, Alchemy
Topics: Alchemy, Medicine, Magic, mystic, and spagiric
Errata, p. [6]
Topic: Occultism
Advertisements on p. [3-6] at end
Topic: Alchemy
The author of the Summa, Pseudo-Geber (not to be confused with Geber (Jabir ibn Hayyan)) was in all probability Paul of Taranto
Topics: Alchemy, Chemistry
Signatures: A (a)-(c) d B-E
Topic: Rosicrucians
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by Thor., George; Thor., George. Zoroaster's cave; Pontanus, Johannes Isacius, 1571-1639. Epistola de lapide philosophorum
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1st published as Cheiragogia heliana, a manuduction to the philosopher's magical gold (London : Humphrey Moseley, 1659); that title is the caption title on p. 1 of the present ed. Cf. Hogart
Topic: Alchemy